Council to vote on new user fees

As the town continues to work on its 2006 budget, a bylaw to adopt a new user fee schedule will be voted on at tonight’s regular council meeting.
As previously reported, most fees will go up, on average, between two to three percent, primarily to keep pace with inflation, CAO Mark McCaig had noted last week.
Some of the fees will go into effect immediately while others (such as airport fees, ice surface rentals, and day care rates) won’t kick in until April, May, or June.
The town gave notice of the proposed new user fee schedule in the Daily Bulletin on March 3 and 6, and the public was free to inquire about the new rates at the Civic Centre.
The public can attend the meeting and make a written or verbal presentation in support of, or in opposition, to the proposal. However, as of late Friday, no one had contacted Clerk Glenn Treftlin about doing so.
Council approved the proposed user fee schedules from the various divisions and authorized the clerk to prepare an amended bylaw at its last meeting (Feb. 28).
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 10/03 (this is to reinstate calendar parking on Fourth Street West from Central Avenue to Wright Avenue);
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Ministry of the Environment for the financing of a source water protection pre-screening project;
•a bylaw to approve a contract with Earth Tech Canada Inc. for engineering services;
•a bylaw to approve extensions to certain maintenance service agreements;
•a request from CUPE president Sid Ryan regarding the passage of a motion to ensure the fruition of “Best Start” transitional and infrastructure plans; and
•a request from Sci-Tech Ontario to proclaim March, 2006 as “Youth Science Month” in the Town of Fort Frances.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet starting at 5:30 p.m. but is expected to be in-camera until 6:40.